CATEGORY: Types of Therapy 331 articles

We have divided the types of therapy that we do into the following categories: ADD / ADHD Therapy, Anger Management Therapy, Anxiety Treatment, Autism Therapy, Client Responsibilities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Therapy, Depression Therapy, Eating Disorder Treatment, Gambling Addiction Recovery in Philly, Grief Therapy, Imago Therapy, Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy, Music therapy, Play Therapy, Postpartum Depression Therapy, Premarital Counseling, Sex Addiction Therapy, Sex Therapy, Support Groups / Therapy Groups & Trauma Therapy

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Couples’ Formula for Successful Requests

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

One of the most common communication issues I see in my couples’ sessions are difficulty with successful requests, or self-sabotaging requests. What do I mean by this? Often when we…


Anxiety Timeline

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Some people who experience anxiety interpret every negative feeling that they have as anxiety. A different way to work with anxiety is with an anxiety timeline. Anxiety can mask…


Tidying Up Your Mind

Posted by: Jaclyn Jacobs, Jaclyn Jacobs, MS, CRC, FELLOW

Using the KonMari Method to Let Go of Unhelpful Core Beliefs

You have likely heard about the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. You may have spent hours binge…


Decoding your Feelings

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Being hit by a big emotion, whether it’s anger, sadness or fear can leave us feeling overwhelmed. Most people don’t like to sit in uncomfortable feelings, and we…


Negative Self-Talk is not Accountability

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

For many people, their biggest critic is themselves. In an attempt to learn from their mistakes, many people fall into the trap of confusing negative self-talk with accountability…


Benefits of Twelve Step Meetings

Posted by: Richard (Rick) Snyderman, Richard (Rick) Snyderman, LPC, CADC, CSAT, NCC

Benefits of Twelve-Step Meetings: A Twelve-step meeting such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous and many others are designed to be a support group…


Premarital Counseling Q and A

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Engaged? Planning your wedding? How will you plan for your marriage? This tip clarifies many of the questions people have before entering premarital counseling.

Q: What is Premarital Counseling?


Sexual Scripts and ED

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (2018), Erectile disorder (ED) is a challenging sexual dysfunction that approximately 53% of US men have experienced at some point.  Though there are…


Stopping Anxious Thoughts

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

Our prefrontal cortex is one of our greatest developmental achievements and challenges. On the one hand, it allows us to perform complex executive functions (e.g., problem solving, judgement, memory, impulse…


Virtual Reality Therapy Services

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

VIRTUAL REALITY: AT THE FOREFRONT OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES WITH 3D SIMULATIONS TO TREAT MENTAL DISORDERS

The Center for Growth offers Virtual Reality (VR) as one of their innovative services for…


Overcoming Negativity Bias

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

Overcoming negativity bias is far more complicated than most people imagine. Though we often split the world into optimists and pessimists, the reality is our brains are hypervigilant to threats…


Rubber Band Grieving

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

In Part One of this two-part series, I introduced you to two broad coping styles that I've noticed in adolescents facing the loss of a brother or sister. Since these…


Grieving and Coping

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

It's been said that the intensity of your grief is equal to the intensity of your love. Therefore, it's no surprise that grief hits all of us a little differently…


Anxious Behaviors

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes and exhibits anxious behaviors. Anxiety is a natural human emotion.  In fact, experiencing anxiety is important for our survival. It lets us know when we are…


BDSM with Household Items

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You and your partner may be eager to delve into the Bondage/ Discipline/ Submission/ Domination (BDSM) world, but may not be ready to go to the store to buy toys…


Do-It-Yourself Desensitization for Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Is your anxiety preventing you from facing fears and seeing situations through to the end? Perhaps someone close to you keeps telling you “Let go of your anxiety! Face your…


Avoidance, Anxiety and Negative Reinforcement

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you struggle with anxiety, particularly avoidance? For example, do you avoid going to parties or answering the phone due to your anxiety? Do you avoid opportunities even when you…


How to Test Your Gut

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you feeling less sure of the decisions you make? Anxious that everything you touch is crumbling? If you have been feeling like you need help navigating your decision making…


Couples' Exercise: Unpacking the Fight

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Are you and your partner having the same fight over and over again? When couples get stuck in a fight that pops up over and over again, it’s because you…


Trauma Sensitive Yoga For Survivors of Trauma

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Trauma -sensitive yoga (TSY) has been shown to provide a safe healing process to those who have experienced trauma. Talk therapy is an important step in trauma recovery, but if…


Don’t React, Respond: How to Better Control Your Emotion

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Have you been in a conversation or a situation where someone has said something that’s triggered you to react?  Maybe you’ve become angry, or frustrated, or sad?  And once you…


How to Create a Positive Outlook

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you stuck on the negatives in your life?  Maybe you’re at a job that you don’t like, or you’re in an apartment rather than in the home of your…


How to Assess Your Sexual Scripts

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

From the moment we are born, we are taught specific social norms and expectations. The behaviors and beliefs that we learn to be appropriate depend on our gender. For example…


DARE: A four step approach to anxiety management

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, affected about 40 million people. If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone. Help is available. Anxiety…


Caring for your Depressed Brain: 50 Tiny Nice Things exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

If you’re depressed and ever picked up a self-help book or worked with a therapist, chances are you’ve encountered the phrase “cognitive distortions.” This refers to the ways your depressed…


Psychiatry and Therapy Together

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Getting the help you need to overcome major issues in your life can come in layers. Participating in psychiatry and therapy together can be helpful to unpack these issues. You…


Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

Do you often find yourself trapped inside your own negative thoughts? Are these thoughts often negative thoughts towards you? Often times, a person may be trapped…


Anxiety and Drug Use

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anxiety and Drug Use: Whether or not you have a predisposition to anxiety, it is important to understand how drug use plays a part in your mind and body connection. This…


Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise: Are you suffering from anger, anxiety, or insomnia? Have you tried countless breathing and relaxation exercises to no avail? Progressive Muscle Relaxation may be right…


Red/Yellow/Green Light Sex Exercise for couples

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Physical connection is an important part of every partnership and every individual person’s health. Intimacy can take many different forms. Although our culture often holds up penetrative sex as the…


Writing Your Newlywed Chapter

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Some couples enter marriage believing nothing will change.  Maybe you already bought a house together, raised 3 children together or with the help of lawyers created living wills together Maybe…


When Trauma is Misdiagnosed as ADHD in Children

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Has your child been a little more rambunctious than usual? Many are quick to

slap on an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis to a hyperactive

child, but sometimes this diagnosis…


Eye Contact Challenge

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Intimacy is the product of two people allowing themselves to be vulnerable. It’s normal for intimacy to ebb and flow over the course of long-term partnerships. It’s the product of…


Recognizing your Cognitive Distortions

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

The way we see the world has a huge impact on our mood. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be extremely effective in improving mood by focusing in on our cognitions, or…


Understanding You and Your Partner’s Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever become so frustrated with you partner that you say to yourself, “I just don’t understand him/her”, “What were they thinking”, and “What could possibly be their motivation…


Sexual Health

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

 When thinking about sexual health, most people immediately think about this question from a “plumbing” perspective. “Am I having sex? Could I get pregnant? Can I perform?” However, there are…


What are Open Relationships and Are they for Me?

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Often when couples are considering opening up their relationship (i.e. transitioning from emotional and sexual exclusivity to some form of emotional or sexual nonmonogamy) they may feel overwhelmed about where…


Binge Eating and Mindfulness - Sensory Eating Exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Binge eating puts us in an emotional, addictive and trance-like state. When we binge, we use food to soothe negative emotions. Food becomes our cure-all. Feeling sad? Eat. Feeling angry…


The Emotional Experience of Infertility

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Infertility is an extremely emotional experience. The diagnosis of infertility catches people off-guard. You have not planned for or anticipated an infertility diagnosis, and are now experiencing the many emotions…


“Real-time” Connection over Your Smartphone

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

I often see couples with concerns over limited connection with one another. We live in a world where we are constantly connected. Smartphones have changed the way we communicate


Anxiety Assessment & Treatment

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Top 21 articles written about Anxiety


New Client Paperwork

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Paperwork that clients can fill out at home, or at the office before their first session.  There are three forms that must be completed. Our fax number is (215) 922-6302. If…


Communication Strategies

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Communication Strategies: Developed by Relationship Counselors at the Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia

Communicate Communicate Communicate that’s all you want to do!... these are words that typically resonate in…


Boost Your Libido

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Discover New Ways To Boost Your Libido:   Problems with sex drive are to be expected if you are not enjoying sex - or do not get enough arousal to become…


Sexual Boredom

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Boredom

Sexual Boredom: Are you tired of the same monotonous sexual routines in the bedroom? Frustrated with your spouses’ sexual inhibitions or lack of creativity in…


The Female G-Spot

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Discovering The Female G-Spot - tips from a Philadelphia sex therapist: 

What is the G-Spot?

The G-spot (shorthand for the Grafenberg spot, and also known as the urethral sponge) is a bean-shaped soft…


The Big O

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Big O: How to Achieve an Orgasm ( Again, and Again, and Again...)

Do you have difficulties achieving an orgasm? Have you been diagnosed with primary anorgasmia, secondary anorgasmia and situational anorgasmia…


Orgasm

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Orgasm

Ask Alex, I live with my boyfriend and we have such a lovely relationship. We are very much in love and I believe we will eventually get married if our path…


Unsure About Orgasm

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Ask Alex

My wife doesn't think that she is having an orgasm through intercourse. I think she is having an orgasm. I'll give her reasons and mine. I have tried to be as…


An Insecure Partner

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

An Insecure Partner: Ever wonder why your partner has been so insecure lately? Or when the going gets tough, your partner gets going? If this sounds familiar your partner may be…


Fear of Flying Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

People have phobias about all types of things. You may have  heard of people having a fear of heights, death, public speaking, and spiders. A very common phobia is aerophobia…


Communicate without Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You have an idea that you want to communicate differently, but it can be difficult to make the behavioral changes necessary to put the new idea to work. Do not…


Vaginal Dilator Therapy for Sexual Pain

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Your journey towards pain free sex has been difficult. You have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and may feel like you are going crazy.  You are frustrated that there is no medical…


Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

The thought of using vaginal dilator therapy to treat recurrent or chronic sexual pain can be intimidating. Vaginal dilator therapy has been an effective treatment to…


Infertility: Your Husband As Your Support System

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Infertility: Your Husband As Your Greatest Support System

Are you and your husband experiencing infertility? The diagnosis of infertility can be painful and traumatic.  You may be experiencing emotions that may…


Dealing with Desire Discrepancy

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

You and your partner are both in your early thirties. You’ve been together for several years and overall you have a good relationship. Over the past several months though, things…


Parenting A Distant Teenager

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

Have you found that your teen has been shutting you out lately? When you ask curious questions about their life, do you get a dramatic sigh and an eye roll…


Infertility: It is Okay to Decline a Friend’s Baby Shower

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Another baby shower invite and you panic. Why does attending a baby shower always make you feel so bad about your own infertility? How can being happy for your friend’s…


Infertility: Asking For Your Needs

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you sick and tired of your family asking, “When are you going to have a baby?” They are completely oblivious to the months your have been trying to get…


Couple’s Sculpting Exercise

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you and your partner in need of a check up for a better understanding about the status of your relationship? We…


Vaginismus

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do You Have Vaginismus? Vaginismus is a disorder defined as painful spasms of muscles around the outer third of the vagina. Sometimes the muscles at the opening of the vagina tighten…


Learn About Premature Ejaculation

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Many men complain of premature ejaculation. The good news is that this problem tends to respond to sex therapy. Clearly, if you are reading this tip, you may be thinking…


Sexual Anxiety And Premature Ejaculation

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Connection Between Sexual Anxiety and Premature Ejaculation   What is anxiety? Anxiety is frequently described and experienced in different ways. From a laypersons perspective, having anxiety is similar to having…


Sexnology

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Everyone has heard that watching porn can increase the sexual experience between you and your partner. But with technology advancing, you can do so much more to increase your sexuality…


Change How You Feel About Depression

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Depression is widely stigmatized in our society. The stigma can lead people who do not struggle with it to misunderstand and impose judgment on those who do.  Others perceptions can…


What is Vulvar Vestibulitis

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

You may have never heard of vulvar vestibulitis. Or maybe you are afraid that you have it. Vulvar vestibulitis is an inflammation in the vestibule, otherwise known as the vaginal…


Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Vulvar Vestibulitits Syndrome (VVS) is a medical condition that involves pain upon touch of the vaginal opening or penetration (Bergeron, Bouchard, Fortier, Binik, and Khalife, 1997). Some women also feel…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


Sexual Trauma and Shame

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sexual Trauma and Shame

There are many aspects of shame that can develop for a survivor of sexual trauma. Here at the Center for Growth in Philadelphia, a common false belief…


How to Choose the Right Lube

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When it comes to sex, wetter is better. Sexual lubricants are becoming increasingly common, with drugstores and specialty stores carrying a wide variety of options. Sometimes the choice can be…


High Sex Drive Or Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Difference Between Sexual Addiction and High Sex Drive: A Fine Line

 

Many couples seek sex therapy because of mismatched sexual desires, sex habits, skills and needs. Common complaints are:

  • My…

Does Your Partner Have A Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Quiz: Does Your Partner Have A Sexual Addiction?

If you answer "yes" to a majority of these questions, then there is a strong possibility your partner has a sex addiction.

  • Does…

What’s Your Child’s Learning Style?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Understanding your child’s learning style is an essential step in assessing which school setting is the best fit for your child.  As parents, you have the power to send your…


Self Esteem Flower Pot

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you feeling consumed by negative thoughts about yourself? Have you been feeling a low sense of self worth? Self esteem is the way that you feel about yourself. 

 

This…


Anger Management Bomb

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Triggers

If your anger was a bomb going off, lighting the fuse would be a trigger. People experience

triggers to their emotions all of the time. However, in your everyday life…


Getting to know your Turn Ons Using the Five Senses

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you feeling less turned on recently, but have no idea why? Are you struggling to tap into your sexual desire to get in the mood? Sometimes people get into…


Sexpectations

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Do you hold beliefs around sexuality that your lover is not fulfilling?  Is sex a sensitive area that you have trouble talking about with your lover, friends, or family members…


What is Trauma?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What is Trauma?

From a trauma counseling therapist’s perspective, trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing experience, which can be sexual, physical and / or emotional. Here at the Center for Growth…


Do I Have A Sexual Addiction?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Quiz: Do I Have A Sexual Addiction? 

These questions prompt you to question your sexual behavior habits. If you answer "yes" to a majority of them, consider seeking sexual addiction counseling with…


Therapy For Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

There is Help: Therapy For Sexual Addiction Do you find that you have conflicting feelings about giving up your sexual addiction? Your sexual desires and behaviors have likely been a source…


When You Think About Touching Yourself

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

People have an amazing ability to feel pleasure based off of touch alone. Touching yourself is more than an idea suggested by the Divinyls song I Touch Myself from the…


Understanding Depression

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

 People throw around the word depression as a feeling that everyone experiences. However, clinical depression is a lot more than feeling very sad.  Depression is a mental illness that…


Parenting—An Overview

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When you think of your parenting role, what immediately comes to mind?  More than likely, your thoughts turn to surviving the day (and/or getting the jelly bean out of your…


The Four Worst Places to Discuss Money

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Four Worst Places to Discuss Money: Are these areas a trigger for you or your partner?

Do you and your partner end up arguing about money and spending when…


Decoding Emotions

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Decoding your emotions 

For many of us, dealing with our emotions is something we avoid. Or, we simply act on our emotions, without knowing the underlying reason for our actions. To decode your emotions means to slow down the entire emotion/thought/act…


Ambivalent Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Ambivalent attachment

Do you struggle to trust your partner? Do you need constant reassurance from s/he that s/he will be there for you long-term? Are you overly sensitive to his/her actions…


Navigating Living Alone Together

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Navigating Living Alone Together (LAT)

            In a time when the trend is going toward cohabitating prior to marriage, there is also a trend to Living Alone Together. What does that…


Grief Therapy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Grief Therapy 

Grief therapy can be very useful and effective to help individuals cope with the emotions and stressors connected to a loss. Everyone responds to loss differently, http://www.therapyinphiladelphia.com/tips/the-5-stages-of-grief and depending…


Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Understanding the Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

A lot more men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection than you would expect. Erectile dysfunctions can occur during a…


Redirecting Your Negative and Anxious Thoughts

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to change your thoughts: Steps for redirecting your negative and anxious thoughts 

Have you ever found yourself so consumed with negative, or anxious thoughts that you can’t focus or do anything else…


How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling? (Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy in Philadelphia)

How do I get the most out of couples counseling? Making the decision…


Skin Picking Treatment

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Skin picking is considered a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder which effects up to 5% of the population.  Examples of skin picking include, but are not limited to: picking acne or…


Sex Addiction and Shame

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sex addiction and shame 

When it comes to sex addiction, shame plays a significant role. Shame is a primary drive and trigger in sex addiction, from having shame and guilt for…


Building a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Network

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Do you feel isolated and alone? Are you confused about your sexuality? Or worry about how those around you will respond? Coming out can be an emotional and scary process. …


Is It Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is It Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant? Yes!

Self-stimulation for pregnant women can be fun and exciting: As you go through pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes. These changes…


Masturbation for Self (women only)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Masturbation for Self: turning yourself on

One of the many benefits of masturbation for self is that it is something that you have complete control over. There is no need to negotiate…


Rape

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Rape: It’s not your fault. These are some of the first words you need to hear if you have been raped or sexually abused. You’ve gone through a traumatic experience.  The…


Perinatal Depression Assessment

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perinatal Depression Assessment: Do you or your loved one suffer from Regular Depression or Perinatal Depression? If you are not sure, use this assessment to help you determine what type of…


Curbing the Mastrubation Habit at the Office

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cubing the masturbation habit at the office Have you ever masturbated at the office? Are you concerned that you cannot stop mastrubatin at the office? Do you worry that you might…


Dating Vs. Porn Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dating VS Porn Addiction: For many people, using porn is a component of their overall dating behavior and repertoire.  For some, however, that relationship with porn turns into an addiction and these…


Obstacles and Coping Skills for Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Obstacles and Coping Skills for Sexual Addiction: the first step when recovering from a sexual addiction is to stop the sexually compulsive behavior. This step may seem simple enough, however…


Sex Addiction Recovery

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Sex addiction recovery: The first step in recovering from a sex addiction starts with you! True recovery means becoming honest with oneself. One must acknowledge ones own problems.

In the beginning…


Understanding Sex Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What is a sex addiction? Sex addictions are best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual thoughts and/or actions. For example, sex addicts compulsively…


Attachment Theory

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

             A client once told me that the one thing he would have liked to know prior to starting therapy is that “your unbiased opinion…


How To Become Pregnant

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Become Pregnant / Maximize the chances of becoming pregnant 

 These suggestions are written in no particular order.  Some suggestions are more important than others. 

  • Engage in intercourse once every…

Awaking Your Sexual Self & Getting More Out Of Sex

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Awakening Your Sexual Self...And Getting More Out of Sex: Do you get nothing out of sex? Do you feel like you must be missing something? If so, then this tip is…


Body Image Basics

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Body Image Basics

 

While some men may indeed suffer with body image issues, this tip is specifically written for women.  Imagine a continuum with extremes at either end:

Anorexia nervosa or…


Safer Sex Life at College

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Practicing Safer Sex at College: going to live at college opens up a wide new world of freedoms. As you start of your college career, you discover that you have some…


Discovering Motivation to Change

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Discovering Motivation to Change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back into the same…


Herpes and Self Worth

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Herpes and Worth: The twenty dollar Bill Exercise: Since finding out about your diagnosis, have you at one time or another made comments like, “No one will want me anymore since…


How To Increase Communication In The Bedroom

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How to Increase Communication in the Bedroom Center for Growth / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia

While you may find your current sex life to be working for you and your…


The Power of Compliments

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The Power of Compliments The Center for Growth / Couples Counseling in Philadelphia

Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale…


Anger

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anger / Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia:

Recently you've recognized that your anger is no longer manageable, and acting on your irritability seems like the only way you can cope.

When you get upset…


The Strong Black Woman in Relationships

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When we think about the Strong Black Woman, one of the struggles that plagues this badge of honor is the idea of balancing strength and vulnerability in life and relationships…


Different Types of Sexual Pain

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Many conditions cause female sexual pain, otherwise known as dyspareunia. Some of the conditions that cause female sexual pain include: vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections…


Talking to Your Kid About Going to Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Center City Philadelphia: There are many reasons for seeking play therapy for your child.  Every parent has his or her own specific set of reasons. Regardless of how…


The Benefits of Play Therapy for Parents

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play therapy is designed for children ages 3-11, as play is the way children make sense of their world and express themselves.  The benefits of play therapy for children include developing…


Identifying and Managing Critical Incident Stress In Police Officers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

 Stress Therapy in Philadelphia:  “What is Critical Incident Stress?”  Jeffery Mitchell of the University of Maryland, developed the term critical incident stress (CIS) after working with firemen/firewomen and police officers.  He…


Identifying When Your Child Could Benefit From Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In our opinion, all children ages 3-11 can benefit from play therapy. Play therapy is designed to be fun! From a child’s perspective, he or she gets…


Understanding the Role Your Family of Origin has in the way you Resolve Conflict with a Partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: This genogram tip is designed for individuals in relationships who want to explore their family of origin as one way to learn more about their role in…


Using Music to Cope With Grief

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Music Therapy & Grief Therapy in Philadelphia:

Using Music to Cope With Grief For some people, music is a very healthy, soothing, and comfortable way to express emotions. Whether…


Journaling with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:  The power of journaling. 

If you have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), journaling is an effective way for you to increase…


Keeping a Routine During the Grief Process

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Keeping a Routine During the Grief ProcessWhen we are feeling good, we take care of ourselves on a daily basis with little effort. However, when we experience a significant loss…


Looking For Patterns in Your Social Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Looking for patterns in your social anxiety When you are struggling with social anxiety, it can feel like every social situation is triggering.  While for…


What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?In layman’s terms DID is mental health disorder in which a person experiences extreme dissociation to the point where they have different personalities known as…


Meeting Your System

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Meeting Your System is designed for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder and have a basic understanding of their alters. One way to develop this understanding…


When Does Grieving Becoming Problematic?

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia.  To schedule an appointment, call 267-324-9564

When Does Grieving Become Problematic? Whenever we experience a loss in our life, a grief process begins.  Grieving is our psyche’s…


“Big T” versus “little t” Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Trauma Counseling in Philadelphia:

If you’re questioning whether you might have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), this tip can be helpful in identifying the type of…


Communication for Couples: Focusing on Solvable Problems

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: ways for couples to communicate about solvable problems.  This is for the couple that communicates fairly well most of the time but would…


Coping with a Miscarriage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Speak to a counselor in Center City today 267 324 9564

Coping with a Miscarriage: Miscarriage is more common than most people realize, with about 1/3 of…


Creating a Grief Collage

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Creating a Collage to Cope with Grief

Dealing with a loss of a loved one is tough work.  Grieving involves a variety of different emotions such…


Premarital Counseling for Same-Sex Couples

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Counseling for same sex coules in Philadelphia.  Call 267-324-9564

While many therapists are “couples counselors” not all couples counselors are trained in all types of couples counseling.  Gay and lesbian couples…


Become More Aware of Your Switching

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:  This advanced tip is designed for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who already recognize all of their alters…


Dissociative Identity Disorder: Creating a Timeline

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Why make a timeline?Many people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, experience trouble remembering…


Dissociative Identity Disorder: Mapping Your System

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

“Mapping Your System” is an exercise is designed for people struggling with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder.  Mapping your system…


Do You Have Social Anxiety?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Do you have Social Anxiety? 

It is normal to be nervous, worried, uncomfortable or even anxious in some social situations.  It can be difficult even for…


Effective Communication: Learning to Listen and Validate

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling in Philadelphia: Effective communication is essential in our relationships.  Unfortunately, communicating effectively during disagreements can be easier said than done.  A common complaint that is heard with couples who…


End of Relationship Anxiety

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

End of Relationship Anxiety: some people do not think about having anxiety feelings when a relationship ends.  Sadness and even depression is…


End of Relationship Depression

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

One of the first emotions people think about when a relationship ends is sadness.  A loss has occurred and most people expect to feel sad for a short period of…


Feeling “numb” from police work?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Police Officers & Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia Police officers jobs require them to control their emotional reactions, even when faced with very emotionally overwhelming situations.  For instance, when talking with a child…


Asserting Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Autism Therapy in Philadelphia: Asserting boundaries can be a really hard thing to do for just about anyone. It can feel especially difficult to assert your boundaries…


What is ADD/ADHD?

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ADD / ADHD Treatment in Philadelphia: What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition resulting in hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractibility. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the technical name…


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Mirror checking and the traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mirror checking is a common ritual performed by people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Close to ninety percent…


How is Asperger’s Syndrome Diagnosed in Children?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you know a child or teen who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and you probably have a lot of questions…


What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a severe preoccupation with one or more aspects of one’s appearance. People with body dysmorphic…


Using Social Stories To Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

If you have or know a child who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD for short) including Autism and Aspergers, you probably know…


How To Nurture Your Relationship

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Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: Showing Your Lover You Care with Actions: How To Nurture Your Relationship

Are you and your partner struggling with intimacy? Do you find you and…


Women and Body Image Exercise

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Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Women and Body Image: How to Restructure Your Thinking by Nurturing your body 

When it comes to our own perception of our body image, many people tend…


Common Cognitive Distortions

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Center for Growth / Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Common Cognitive Distortions.

This is an overview of Common Cognitive Distortions. Cognitive Distortions tend to occur when we are stuck in our…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

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Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


Play Therapy Interventions for Autism

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Play Therapy in Philadelphia for Autism

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Pervasive Developmental Disorders are a range or “spectrum” of disorders that…


5 Ways to Fix Communication With Your Partner Today

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Center for Growth / Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: 5 ways to improve communication with your partner TODAY.

Have you recently felt like you and your partner constantly argue…


My Child Just got Diagnosed with Autism, What does this mean?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

If you’re reading this, your child or a child of a friend or relative has probably just been diagnosed with Autism. You’re also probably wondering what that means, and how…


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a prominent evidence-based therapeutic process developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s.  CBT is a form of…


Psychotherapy and Family History

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Psychotherapy and Family History

Many individuals decide to attend psychotherapy for a number of reasons: anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional affairs, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, conflicts in family or at…


The Addictive Family System

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Center for Growth / Addiction Recovery in Philadelphia:  The Addictive Family SystemGrowing up a part of a family, it’s easy to believe that how you are raised and what you…


Psychotherapy and Counseling: What’s the Difference?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Psychotherapy vs Counseling: What’s the difference?

You decide to find a therapist, and as you start searching the web, you probably see many different names, different titles of their profession and…


Family Roles: In the Addictive System

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Center for Growth / Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia: Family Roles

In an addictive family system, it is common for the disease to become the central focus within the system. Often all of…


What is Psychotherapy? And Is It For Me?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Since you’re reading this tip, you’re probably seeking answers to quite a few questions concerning Psychotherapy. First and foremost this tip is designed to answer questions such as “What is…


Mental Health Care and Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Center for Growth / Seasonal Affective Disorder Therapy in Philadelphia

Mental Health Care and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Do you find yourself becoming tired, or irritable during the winter months while living…


The Power of Rituals When Grieving

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Center for Growth / Grief Therapy in Philadelphia

The power of rituals when grieving: How to Honor a Loved One’s Memory Whether you lost a loved one a few months ago…


Examples of Blame-Free Communication

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Center for Growth: Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Examples of Blame-Free Communication

It is common for individuals in Philadelphia to avoid discussing conflict, especially when it involves expressing emotions…


Separation with Adult Children

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Center for Growth / Separation and Divorce Therapy in Philadelphia

A Parent’s Separation: Through the eyes of an adult child. This is a vignette written by an adult child’s perspective.

Some would…


How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations

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The use of affirmations can be a powerful tool in generating positive change in your life. The definition of an affirmation is to declare that something is true. Really all…


What are Boundaries?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

One of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful tasks within relationships is setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  However, most people don’t realize this until their boundaries have been crossed and…


Wedding Survival Strategies

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Weddings are intended to be a beautiful day allowing those who truly care for a couple to share in a very special moment for two people in love. At times…


What is Pre-Cana?

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What is Pre-Cana?  Pre-Cana is a catholic tradition which teaches couples how to be married. This premarital course is named after the wedding feast at Cana, in Galilee where Jesus…


Sleep and Binge Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Sleep and Binge Eating: 

In the U.S., the prevalence of obesity across the board—men, women, all age groups, income levels and ethnicities—is quickly increasing. Sixty-five…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

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7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Coping Through the Holidays

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Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Coping through the holidays - survival strategies for widows and widowers   It’s already that time of the year again, holiday commercials have been running for almost…


Shacking up: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking Up - Should I or Shouldn't I?  So your partner popped the question you’ve been waiting for. Not “the” question, the other question, “will you…


Shacking Up: We decided to move in together, now what?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking up: We decided to move in together, now what? So the two of you sat down, had the painful discussions as recommended in the first tip…


Coping Skills For Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Coping skills for anxiety: As you may already know, anxiety is a normal feeling and a typical reaction to many events in everyday life.  It can help…


Finding Motivation To Change

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


Loss of someone you know

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia / Loss of Someone You Know: Death Dying & Loss

When you lose someone close, it can be a difficult and devastating experience. You might feel confused…


Internet Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Internet Addiction is just that. It is an addiction to the Internet

Signs of an Internet addiction: 

* More time with online friends than with real friends* Online friends know sides of…


Gambling addiction recovery tips Philly

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Gambling addiction recovery tips philly

* Acknowledge to yourself that you have a problem.* Tell someone that you have a problem. Ideally this would be a friend or family member. If…


How common is obesity

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How common is obesity and what exactly does that term mean? Obesity affects between 5% and 10% of the population.  Obesity means that a person is at least 20% or…


Is everyone with binge eating disorder overweight

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Is everyone with binge eating disorder overweight? Many people with binge eating disorder are considered medically obese.  However, obesity is not a requirement for diagnosis.  Typically these individuals are overweight. 

For…


Is weight fluctuation common for those with binge eating disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is weight fluctuation common for those with binge eating disorder?Weight issues is common for people who struggle with binge eating. Weight can wildly fluctuate.  Frequent changes in weight can be…


What are the health problems strongly associated with obesity?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

  What are the health problems strongly associated with obesity?     

  •  High cholesterol  
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Problems with joints
  • Muscle pain

What is binge eating disorder

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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder appears to be the most common eating disorder.  Although it was first discovered in the late 1950’s it was not added to the…


Common Patterns in Women’s Groups for Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are common patterns in women’s groups for emotional eating? * Feeling that one is too needy.* A need to be liked by everyone.* A need to put other people primary.*…


personality characteristics and issues of females with binge eating disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Common personality characteristics and issues of females with binge eating disorder?

* Feeling sad, lonely or depressed* Interpersonal problems, which can be thought of as difficulty getting along with others*…


Depression VS Feeling Down

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Depression Therapy in Philly:  DEPRESSION versus feeling down

FEELING DOWN vs. DEPRESSION We All Go Through Slumps… Here’s How You Can Tell If It’s Something More: Feeling sad has…


risk factors for binge eating disorder

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What are the risk factors for binge eating disorder?

* Obesity and psychiatric illness.* Negative comments from family members regarding shape, weight, and eating* Compulsive dieting* Childhood and parental obesity

Center for…


Childhood Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Childhood Depression

Depression is the single most common mental health problem in adults and is becoming increasingly more common in children and teens.  An estimated 5 percent of children and teens…


Medication for Adult ADHD

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MedicationsThe goal of medication for Adult ADHD is to reduce hyperactivity, increase attention and the ability to focus, and to reduce impulsive behaviors.  Stimulant medication is generally the most effective…


10 Tips for Adults with ADHD

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia - 10 Tips for adults with ADHD

1)  Consider an organizational specialist who can come to your home.2) Consider seeing a psychiatrist, psychopharmocologist, or neurologists who specialize in…


What is Play Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Play Therapy in Philadelphia : Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on the natural language of children, the language of play.  Therapists use various play materials to…


Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder1) Make sure you are seeing a primary care doctor that you are comfortable with.  Ask your PCP to arrange for blood work to…


Common Patterns of People with Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Common patterns of people with Binge Eating Disorder

* Low self esteem* All or nothing thinking* Perfectionism      …


Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

Gambling becomes an addiction as opposed to a social behavior when it feels out of control. Addicted gamblers experience a loss of control. Typically, gambling addictions…


The Four Phases of Gambling

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The four phases of gambling

The Winning Phase: (four phases of gambling) Gamblers experience many wins. During this phase, they feel a rush.  Typically, they are excited and have unreasonable optimism that…


Are you a gambling addict

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Gambling Addict Quiz - Are You A Gambling Addict? 

* Have you spent more time gambling than planned?* Do you sometimes gamble by yourself as opposed to only doing so…


Helping a Friend Overcome Bulimia

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           Helping a friend, family member or significant other overcome bulimia /  Remember Bulimia is difficult to detect

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa often include, but are…


Strategies for Parents of Children with an Eating Disorder

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Parenting Help in Philadelphia: Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder to help them recover 38 Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, or binging or…


How common is Bulimia Nervosa

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How common is Bulimia Nervosa? Bulimia affects 1% to 4% of the population.    It is more common than Anorexia but usually more difficult for friends and family…


Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia: Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa 

* Repeated episodes of binging; A PERSON CONSUMES an unusually large AMOUNT OF FOOD WITHIN a RELATIVELY short period of time…


The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia

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Therapy in Philadelphia: The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia - remember these behaviors are not acceptable but they are part of the illness.  Separate the illness from how you love the…


A Doctors Visit for Bulimia Nervosa Typically Includes

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Center for Growth / Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia

A doctors visit for bulimia nervosa typically includes:  

* A complete blood count and a study of Electrolytes*  A Electrocardiogram* Thyroid studies*…


Tips for Recovering from Bulimia Nervosa

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Tips For Recovering From Bulimia Nervosa: Twenty Two Tips on How to Recover from Bulimia Nervosa and Questions to Ask Yourself

* Write information about your binges.  Write the time, place, and…


Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders

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Center for Growth / Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders 

Suggestions for the professional who is working with cilents who are suffering from Bulimia Nervosa and / or


Anorexia and Substance Abuse

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Anorexia and substance abuse treatment in Philadelphia.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE occurs in (12-18%) of Anorexics. However, most Anorexic patients with a Substance Abuse problem are in the Binging/Purging subtype not the Restricting…


Anorexia in Adolescents

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Anorexia in Adolescents / Therapy in Philadelphia

Ideally, adolescence is about the process of developing a healthy independence from parents, adjusting to the physical changes of puberty, and developing a personal…


Anxiety Disorders and Bulimia Nervosa

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People struggling with Bulimia Nervosa frequently also experience an anxiety disorder. Typically this manifests as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, simple phobia or even PTSD.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Unlike Obsessive-Compulsive…


Major Depression and Dysthymic disorder

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MAJOR DEPRESSION (Sometimes referred to as clinical depression)

* Symptoms will be present for a minimum of two weeks.* For a diagnosis of major depression, one of the five symptoms must…


Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa: remember always talk to your medical doctor if you or someone in your care has Bulimia Nervosa.  Make sure the doctor is informed about…


Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia Nervosa is a Psychological disorder characterized by preoccupation with body image and binge eating followed by some type of purging (e.g. laxative abuse, vomiting) in an attempt to compensate…


Bulimia Nervosa and Substance Abuse

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Twenty percent to thirty-seven percent of women with Bulimia also have a problem with Substance Abuse. Twenty two percent of women with Bulimia have a problem with Alcohol Abuse. 

Many…


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Common Patterns of People with Bulimia Nervosa

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Common tendencies of people with Bulimia Nervosa:

* Irritability* Low self esteem ( self esteem workout)* A self critical nature* Impulsivity* Difficulty managing stress* Anxiety* Difficulty with intimate relationships*


Compensatory Behaviors used in Bulimia Nervosa

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The most common Compensatory behaviors (not including excessive exercise) used in Bulimia Nervosa are (in order of most prevalent to least prevalent)

* Self-induced vomiting* Laxative abuse* A combination of Laxative…


Personality Disorders and Anorexia

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Therapy in Philadelphia / Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Personality disorders are Patterns of behavior that are pervasive, pathological, and persistent.  The behaviors present by late adolescence or early adulthood. Personality Disorders Commonly…


Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with this personality avoid situations due to their social…


Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

*  High reward dependence:  People with high reward dependence tend to be compassionate and social.  They can be sensitive, intuitive, and empathetic to the…


Recovering from Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

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Recovering From Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery?   During the process of recovering from Bulimia…


Social Anxiety Disorder

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Social Anxiety DIsorder Treatment in Philadelphia : What is a Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorders are characterized by a persistent fear of being publicly embarrassed and an intense fear of being…


Strategies for supporting a person recovering from an Eating Disorder

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Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 

Strategies For Supporting A Person Recovering from an Eating Disorder

* Ask them how they are feeling today* Ask them how their job/school is going* Ask them…


Helping a Child Gain Positive Attention

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Center for Growth / Parenting Strategies in Philadelphia - helping a child gain positive attention while recovering from an addiction . . . 

Negative Attention  The eating disorder (or any other…


Treatment Options for Adults with Anorexia

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Treatment options for Adults with Anorexia

* Day treatment* Inpatient* IOP* Outpatient (such as the Center for Growth)

The Maudsley method is only indicated for adolescents (usually 18 or younger) who have had the…


Common Communication Problems for People With Anorexia

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Center for Growth / Anorexia Recovery in Philadelphia: Common Communication Problems. 

In recovery from Anorexia, clients are encouraged to learn healthier ways to communicate their thoughts and feelings.  This…


Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia

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10 Week Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia - Now Forming Are you anxious? Do you constantly worry? Do you have thoughts that don’t go away? Have you experienced rapid heart…


Herpes Support Group in Philadelphia

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Help with Herpes: A Support Group Now Forming

* Do you or your partner have genital herpes? * Are you worried about the emotional, physical and sexual impact of herpes?* Do you…


Support Group in Philadelphia

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When a group of individuals with similar issues gather to discuss a common concern or way of coping with a condition, it is called a support group. Support groups at…


Prepare for Motherhood Class

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Pregnancy Class: Prepare for Motherhood Class / Group - Now Forming

Are you the only one you know who is pregnant?  Do you want to make friends with other women who will…


Suggestions for People With Anorexia and Depression

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Center for Growth / Anorexia and Depression Therapy in Philadelphia

Suggestions for people with Anorexia and Depression

* Seek professional help from a person experienced in the field of eating disorders and…


Supporting a Child in Treatment for Anorexia

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To address the child's anxiety:

Listen with compassion

* Ask if you can give them a hug or hold their hand* Help them identify their sources of stress outside of the eating…


Temperamental Traits Associated With Anorexia

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Is there a certain personality profile associated with people who are Anorexic? Yes there is.

* Low novelty seeking:  This indicates that a person does not have a desire to seek…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

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Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa -what to expect: Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and nutritional components of the disease.  If someone has…


In the Mind of Someone With Anorexia

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In the mind of someone with anorexia: people with Anorexia often report the illness give them an identity, a sense of pride, and a feeling that they are unique… …


Anorexia and the Doctor

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Center for Growth / Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Anorexia And The Doctor

The doctor’s visit the doctor is an essential part of the treatment team with Anorexia.  This doctor may…


Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa: Is a psychological disorder characterized by an obsession to be thin and a distorted body image that drives people to be medically underweight.

Criteria Used in Making a…


What is a Panic Attack

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                                                           …


What is Anxiety

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                        Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia What is Anxiety: suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. …


Males with Anorexia Nervosa

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Center for Growth / Anorexia Therapy in Philadelphia

Males with Anorexia Nervosa:  Approximately 5 % to 10 % of people with Anorexia are male.  Unfortunately, there is currently not a…


Medical Doctors and Anorexia

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Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: Medical Doctors and Anorexia why is seeing a medical doctor so important with Anorexia?  Seeing a medical doctor is extremely important in the treatment of a…


More about Binge Eating Disorder

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Center for Growth / Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: More About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder affects about 4% of the population. 

Many people with this disorder also struggle with…


Will I Gain or Lose Weight in Recovery

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My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery? During the process of recovering from Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder some people lose…


Will This Relationship Last

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Will this relationship last? Relationship and Marital Problems: The answer is simple, it all depends upon how determined each individual is to make the relationship work. If two people want…


Working Towards Healing After a Loss

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Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Working Towards Healing After a Loss developing a plan of action

First and foremost, acknowledge your loss. Recognize that your life, your activities, your…


Personality Profiles Associated With Anorexia

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The Personality Profiles often associated with Anorexia Nervosa

While Anorexia Nervosa can affect anyone, eighty percent of all people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa are females between the ages of 1…


Critical Weight

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Critical Weight what does critical weight mean? Critical weight is the minimum weight a person needs to be for their body to maintain a minimal level of health.  Critical weight…


Eating Disorder Voice

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Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - The Eating Disorder Voice The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.  They can become extremely nervous when they do not know their exact…


Entering Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Feelings about entering therapy for Anorexia Nervosa while there are some exceptions, usually the client suffering from Anorexia do not want to give up their eating disorder. People suffering from this…


Grief and Bargaining

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Grief and Bargaining your loved one has faced or is facing a long illness. Of course you seek to avoid this pain. Why wouldn’t you? Who really wants look directly…


Speaking Up

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Speaking Up: men and women have been equal in modern America for several decades. They can work the same jobs, take the same roles in military and politics, and they…


Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your Triggers

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia- Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your Triggers: anxiety can be a debilitating diagnosis for many of its victims. Often, it feels as though…


Steps You Can Take To Reduce Anxiety

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Reduction in Philadelphia

Steps you can take to reduce anxiety anxiety can impact work, your interpersonal relationships, hobbies, and prevent you from enjoying life to the…


Stress

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Stress: everyone has their own definition of stress. For a young mother at home with her children it may be when everyone is crying at the same time. For a…


Stress Management Techniques

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Stress Management Techniques: dealing with stress might seem like a battle that you can never win, but you can learn how to manage the stress in your life.


Improving Relationships

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Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Improving Relationships - Requires Taking Action depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a…


Visualization Technique Part Three

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Visualization Techniques Part III: White Light By now, you’ve no doubt mastered the ‘ Safe Place ’ technique and have used it to both relieve stress and work on…


Visualization Technique Part Two

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Visualization Technique Part II

Learning the power of visualization and guided imagery through the construction of a safe place is key to using the mind…


Ways to Support Someone Suffering From Postpartum Depression

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Ways to Support Someone Suffering from Postpartum Depression the most important concept that fathers need to understand is that the diagnosis Postpartum Depression is a real syndrome. Postpartum depression typically…


Sexual Addiction

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Sexual Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia

What is a sexual addiction? We believe sexual addictions are best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual actions and…


Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much

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Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much: a power imbalance in a relationship does not mean that your partner is being overly demanding or abusive! When a relationship goes from…


Signs and Symptoms of Stress

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Center for Growth /Stress Therapy in Philadelphia 

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life. 

The psychological signs and symptoms of stress:

* The tendency to…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia

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Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia / Center for growth

WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE FOR ANOREXIA NERVOSA?  Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and…


Knowing When Its More Than Worry

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Center for Growth / Anxiety and Panic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - Knowing When It’s More Than Worry We all feel nervous sometimes – before speaking in public, when getting ready to invite…


Letting Go On Your Own Terms

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Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Personal honor rituals - Letting Go On Your Own Terms: losing someone you love is heartbreaking. Grieving is a challenge, grieving well is even harder…


Losing a Pet

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: About Losing a Pet: pets are a part of the family.  They depend on their humans for companionship and basic needs, therefore creating a close bond…


Most People Who Diet and Lose Weight Manage to Maintain the Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Myth: most people who diet and lose weight manage to maintain the loss: FALSE

The majority of people who diet regain their weight. Permanent weight loss is best achieved…


Our philosophy about Pregnancy Childbirth and the First Year

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Our philosophy about Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year: pregnancy before during and postpartum: Life will never be the same as you new it. You can’t go back. Parenthood is…


Overcoming Anxiety: Moving Beyond

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Overcoming Anxiety: there are various methods available for overcoming anxiety to those who suffer with it today. A new onslaught of prescription medications…


Panic Attacks

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Panic Attack Therapy in Philadelphia - What are panic attacks? Ever feel like you suddenly can’t catch your breath? Your heart is pounding in your chest, and yet you are sitting…


Parenting Your ADHD Child

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Pareningt your ADHD Child / Therapy in Philadelphia: When your child receives a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or it’s quieter cousin, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) you, as a…


Perinatal Depression Quiz

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Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia: Take the perinatal depression quiz to determine what type of depression you or a loved one are suffering from. Regular Depression VS Perinatal…


Plan for Reducing Anxiety

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Center for Growth / Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia

Developing a plan of action for reducing anxiety one of the best ways for reducing anxiety is to be prepared for the sensation of anxiety. To…


Positive Thinking Techniques

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Therapy in Philadelphia: Postive Thinking Techniques

* Before you can use positive thinking, you must learn to recognize negative thinking, and that can take a little work. We live in…


Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Postpartum depression, or PPD is a common problem that should not be ignored.

Somehow women have learned to expect that the birth of a baby automatically…


Postpartum Depression Support Group in Philadelphia

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The Postpartum Depression Support Group: The Postpartum Depression Support Group is for you if your baby is less than six months old and you find yourself sometimes:

* Feeling depressed or…


Postpartum Depression Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Here, at the Center for Growth, Postpartum Depression Therapy is

What you can expect? You can expect a therapist who has had specific training on postpartum depression and experience with other…


Postpartum Psychosis

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Psychosis: postpartum psychosis is a serious problem that can result in injury or death to the mother or child. This condition usually starts as postpartum depression that rapidly worsens…


Practicing Fair Fighting

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Practicing Fair Fighting Techniques

Step one:

* After listening to your partner’s position, summarize what she said. In your summary, withhold your perspective. To help you do a better summary, start off…


Preparing for a Panic Attack

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Panic Attack Treatment in Philadelphia: Preparing for a Panic Attack 

Be Prepared: as a sufferer of Panic Attacks you know how suddenly they can appear. Preparation can be a key to helping…


Protecting yourself from your partners anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth - Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia - Protecting Yourself from Your Partner’s Anxiety - Having a loved one with anxiety is not easy. Living with that loved one can…


Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce Children are the most innocent victims of divorce. They become of the center of battles over child custody, support and visitation. Divorce changes…


Reasons Spouses Cheat

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Reasons Spouses Cheat she cheated and broke your heart. Or maybe you’re the one who cheated and broke hers. WHY do husbands and wives cheat? And why don’t they just…


Reducing Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Reducing Anxiety in Philly / Therapy in Philadelphia:

Reducing Anxiety in Philly: Ok, congratulated yourself. You have achieved the first step of reducing the amount of anxiety you experience. You…


Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion: anxiety can be thought of as an accumulation of stress that builds up in our minds and bodies creating a host of unwanted symptoms which…


Relief Dates to Quell Your Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Set ‘Relief Dates’ to Quell your Anxiety: anxiety is a thief. It robs those who suffer with it of their time and attention. It steals their peace and joy and…


Relieving Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Relieving Depression Over ten percent of the population experiences depression at least once in a lifetime. If you have difficulty enjoying life or find yourself sluggish or angry much of…


Replacing Triggers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia - Replacing Triggers: Focusing on Anti-Anxiety Alerts Anxiety triggers are key circumstances that engage the anxiety response. Some people may find that crowds trigger their anxiety. Others…


Resolving an Argument

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Therapy in Philadelphia : Fair Fighting Techniques - Resolving an argument

Successfully resolving an argument requires: 

* Bringing the issue up in the moment. By stating what is happening in the moment…


Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are the Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa: While anyone can develop this disorder, certain people are more likely than others to suffer from it.  Here are some of the…


Risk factors for Prenatal Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Risk Factors for Prenatal Depression & Postpartum Depression During Pregnancy (prenatal)

* History of substance abuse* History of depression* Family history of mental health problems* Minimal support from family and…


handling unhelpful friends after the arrival of baby

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Handling unhelpful friends and family after the birth of a baby: develop a strategy with your partner about ways to handle unhelpful friends and family. Then, while interfacing with the…


Image Collage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Image Collage Technique, developed for the self help website Therapy in Philadelphia A common trait of those who suffer with anxiety is low self esteem and a…


Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Keeping a Spiritual Journal Whether you’re just beginning your spiritual journey or have been on your current path for twenty years or more, keeping a spiritual journal is a wonderful…


Losing Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Losing Weight 

The exact amount of calories a person needs to consume a day depends upon personal data such as age, height, activity level, muscle mass…


How To Speak Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How to Speak Up / How to Regain the Equality in Your Relationship – A Guide for Men Addressing the Problem: All healthy relationships involve sacrifice and give-and-take, but sometimes…


Are You Depressed

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Are You Depressed. Learn how to Spot a Depressive Disorder

” Can’t you just snap out of it?” If you suffer from a depressive illness, those words are not only ignorant…


How Often Should I weigh Myself

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How often should I weigh myself? Once a week is a good way to monitor any weight trends (losses or gains) However, people with Anorexia or people with Bulimia who…


Healthy Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What is a healthy weight? generally speaking, you want to maintain a weight that falls within the ‘healthy weight range’ according to the BMI index. It is important to remember…


Hidden Hostility

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Hidden Hostility - Uncovering Passive Aggression passive aggression is characterized by procrastination, an inability to say no, insecurity, being covertly obstructive to unwanted people or ideas…


The Cycle of Grief

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Cycle of Grief: loss of any kind is a harrowing experience, particularly the loss experienced after the death of a loved one. The “hole” or “space” left behind after…


Denial

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Denial: the stage of denial, like all other stages of grieving, effects different people in different ways. Some people experience almost…


Dissecting Panic

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dissecting Panic: Getting at the root of your anxiety  Panic is a real and debilitating manifestation of underlying anxiety. Designed in our prehistoric ancestors to protect the race from extinction…


Recognize and Respond to an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and respond to an eating disorder: Beyond Health, Beyond Beauty in today’s world, you can barely go anywhere or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to…


Extramarital Affair

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Extramarital Affair Counseling / Therapy: have you or your partner had an extramarital affair? If so, you are not alone. In the majority of long-term relationships, at least one person…


Extreme Sadness

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Are you experiencing extreme sadness during pregnancy or postpartum?  Contrary to popular folklore, 15% of pregnant women experience depression. Some are even so severely depressed they attempt suicide. If you…


Fear of Flying

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Cope With A Fear of Flying / Aviophobia Treatment in Center City Philadelphia

Business meetings. Family gatherings. Relocation. Eventually, for one reason or another, most people will have to…


Fear of Infidelity

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Fear of Infidelity: every couple, at some point, faces the fear of infidelity. No matter how strong the relationship, each of us has grappled with the green-eyed…


Feeling Guilty about Experiencing Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Feeling guilty about experiencing postpartum depression

Guilty feelings: throughout the months of pregnancy, women, along with their partners have fantasized about what life would be like…


Good VS Bad Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Good vs Bad Anxiety: anxiety can be either good or bad for a person. Anxiety is normal and necessary to make sure one survives. Some anxiety is…


Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia / Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia: Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

Anger after loss: It’s normal to be mad at the person who died. They left you…


Creating Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia : Creating positive affirmation: negative self-talk is a common underlying theme behind clinical anxiety and its symptoms. Those who suffer from anxiety often circulate destructive, negative thought…


Causes of Prenatal and Postpartum Depression

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Prenatal and postpartum depression are considered to be a type of mood disorder.

Prenatal depression and postpartum depression are caused by a combination of hormonal changes and life stressors.

During pregnancy women’s…


Children and Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Children and Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia: Children can be traumatized by the tragic events they see reported on the news or that happen in their own lives, such as…


Do I Have an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Eating Disorder Treatment / Do I have an eating disorder? Do you feel uncomfortable with the way you look? Do you obsess with weight and numbers, calories, and exercise. Do you…


Breastfeeding Versus Formula

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breastfeeding versus Formula: Breastfeeding or formula, what to do? That is the question that many new moms struggle with. Most women, when imagining what life will be like when they are…


Categorizing Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Categorizing Anxiety: Learn the Difference Between Anxiety Types Anxiety can come in many shapes and sizes. In other words, it does not discriminate between people, nor do those who suffer with…


Admiring People with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Myth: I should admire people who ignore their hunger False

Food is fuel and each person’s body needs food to nourish their body. People who do not “give in…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

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Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Perfectionist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perfectionist: perfectionism is more than just setting high standards and working hard to achieve goals. Perfectionism is the idea that if something is not perfect or ideal, than it is…


Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How accurate are your perceptions about dieting and weight loss? Take the Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz to find out.

1) Dieting is good True or False

2) If you want to…


Processing Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.


Eating Disorder Feeling List

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment Help

Eating disorder feeling list: observe and recognize your feelings. Learn to build a vocabulary for your feelings.

Are You Feeling? Sad   Disappointed   Defeated   Frustrated  …


Emotional Eating Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional Eating Quiz: to determine if you are an emotional eater, ask yourself the following questions

* 1) Do you eat food instead of processing negative or overwhelming emotions?* 2)…


All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to…


Benefits of Exercise

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The benefits of exercise: there are many benefits of exercise. People who exercise moderately at least 30 minutes a day are physically healthier, have greater self-esteem, and are more…


Bipolar Disorder Therapy

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Bipolar Disorder Therapy In Philadelphia

Life’s little ups and downs are just that – part of life. Everyone has good days, and everyone has those unpleasant, not so good days. Sometimes…


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Body Mass Index (BMI) The formula for BMI is used to determine whether someone is within a healthy weight range. Remember that BMI is a good general guide, but…


All Kinds of Grief

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: All Kinds of Grief

Grief comes in many shapes and sizes. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the grieving process, and there…


Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Center for Growth, Inc is proud to offer an Anger Management program for clients.  This program was developed to help people who are at risk for losing their jobs. …


Anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety can be defined as a heightened physical and psychological state wherein individuals often experience a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms such as rapid heart beat, rage, headaches, and hot flashes…


Anxiety Attacks in the Workplace

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Attacks in the Workplace: You are in an important meeting at work when out of nowhere you begin to tremble.  Your heart starts racing.  You feel nauseated.  A sense…


A Gratitude Tree

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Fighting Anxiety Through the Act of Giving Thanks - A Gratitude Tree - Anxiety is a disease of the negative mind. Many of those who suffer with anxiety struggle…


About Loss

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Loss Therapy in Philadelphia: 

Loss: Lost your job, your home, a loved one, a beloved pet? There are many forms of loss, and all are felt individually on a very personal…


The 5 Stages of Grief

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia believes that there are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages of grief comprise a lifetime process, and are not an end in themselves. Each…